Reported by Japanese Nintendo, the Joy-Con family is getting downsized. According to Japan’s Nintendo site, the accessories page lists that the Gray, Red, and Neon Yellow Joy-Con have ended production (“生産終了”). 

This might be due to a variety of factors — transferring production to new Joy-Con designs, possibly the demand of Nintendo Switch units, the status of current inventory levels, production being affected by COVID-19, etc. Nintendo has yet to make a formal statement about the change, and the North American site doesn’t list any information concerning production status.

These Joy-Con are still available for sale and are being offered with Japan’s create your own customized Switch bundle. As for North America, Gray and Neon-Yellow Joy-Con are for sale in the US in L/R pairs. The Red set of Joy-Con is a tad trickier, as these were only released in special Switch bundles (Super Mario Odyssey, and a holiday Mario bundle). Luckily, they’re available to import thanks to sites like Play-Asia. And if you order from Play-Asia, you can save 5% when using the code NINWIRE at checkout!

If you wanted to collect the Joy-Con rainbow, you might want to start planning on completing your collection and/or keeping an eye on the accessories’ retail listings and their status. 


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Written by Jennifer Burch

Illustrator, designer, writer and big Nintendo geek, you can find Jennifer with an N3DS within reach 24/7. As the oldest of three, she has survived many Mario Party, Super Smash Bros. and Mario Kart sessions intact in addition to getting her brothers hooked on some really weird games. (Cubivore anyone?)